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Food giants sign Healthy Kids Pledge

New Zealand food companies Fonterra and Nestle are the first fast moving consumer goods companies to sign up to the Ministry of Health’s Healthy Kids Pledge, which was published this week. New Zealand Food and Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich says the industry commends the companies for their leadership and their longstanding commitment to producing and promoting good nutrition. “While Fonterra and Nestle have led the way, I have no doubt that many other New ... more

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New research: what's in our fridges?

New figures show New Zealanders are increasingly health-conscious Sugar-sweetened drinks are getting a lot of attention in the obesity debate, however a new infographic launched today by the New Zealand Beverage Council shares insights into the everyday products that make up Kiwis’ trolleys – and they are not as sugary as one might think. The first beverage to make an appearance is milk at #43, while the first soft drink in the average New Zealander’s trolley ... more

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Fonterra's 30 second test for World Osteoporosis Day

Today is World Osteoporosis Day and Fonterra is encouraging New Zealanders to take a 30 second 'sit-to-stand test' to gauge their resilience against osteoporosis. The sit-to-stand test is a 30 second physical test that measures overall musculo-skeletal health, that researchers say is vital to preventing osteoporosis. "The test is a bit of fun and anyone in reasonable health can do it. It’s really valuable to test how well your body is faring," says Fonterra ... more

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Fonterra Milk for Schools changing drinking habits

Photo: Wymondley Road School staff and students and Olympian Eliza McCartney celebrating Fonterra Milk for Schools this morning. New research by the University of Auckland shows that 12 per cent more kiwi kids are meeting recommended daily dairy consumption guidelines since the introduction of the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme. The findings of the research were announced by the study investigator Associate Professor Clare Wall, at an event today attended by Deputy Labour ... more

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Food industry farewells Heart Tick and thanks Heart Foundation

The NZ Food and Grocery Council laments the retiring of the Heart Foundation’s Tick rating on packaged foods and praises the contribution the programme has made to healthy food messages over the decades. “I’m saddened by this move but I fully understand the Heart Foundation’s reasoning behind it,” says Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “The nutrition landscape is undergoing constant change, as evidenced by the introduction of the Health Star Rating ... more

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Heart Foundation retires Tick programme

Twenty-five years after it was launched to help consumers make healthier food choices, the Heart Foundation’s Tick will be gradually phased out next year. Tick Programme Manager Deb Sue said the Heart Foundation had decided to retire the Tick programme, due to changes occurring across the nutrition landscape in New Zealand. “While the Tick is moving off the shelves, the Heart Foundation will continue to own the trademark and be a trusted voice in the food space through our ... more

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FIZZ campaigners should change logo, says FGC

FIZZ campaigners need to seriously consider changing the new “No Sugary Drinks” logo launched at yesterday’s campaign rally, says Katherine Rich, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council. “That logo looks almost identical in shape and colour to iconic curved Coke bottle silhouette pictures that can be found on the internet. It’s not fair that they’re singling out one drink in their campaign. “FGC welcomes discussion about ... more

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FIZZ launches 'no sugary drinks' logo

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks logo” has been unveiled at an event in Wellington today. The logo comprises a circle with the words “sugary drink” around the silhouette of a bottle and the word “No”. It’s available for free for display in schools, businesses, workplaces, public spaces and event venues. It was unveiled at today’s FIZZ symposium – “Toward a sugary drink-free Aotearoa”. FIZZ is a group of ... more

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Beverage habits shift to water and low sugar options

Research shows Kiwis consuming more water, diet drinks - less sugar  The latest research out today on beverage trends in New Zealandi calls into question the need for a ‘sugar’ tax on soft drinks. Olly Munro, President of the New Zealand Beverage Council says the data clearly shows that the buying and consumption patterns of Kiwi consumers indicates that soft drinks – being targeted for a soda tax – are not the significant contributor to the obesity problem ... more

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Better Food literacy makes healthier eating easier

FGC releases series of food information videos The NZ Food and Grocery Council wants to help grow Kiwis’ food literacy through four short videos that aim to make healthier eating easier. The videos, written and presented by trained dietitian and Registered Nutritionist Nikki Hart, tackle subjects people are often confused about: what to eat for breakfast, fad diets, processed foods, and how to use the new Health Star Rating system. In the videos, Nikki Hart, ... more

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